VI­O­LENT STROMS LASH ISIS SHIRE

Res­i­dents check for dam­age after area lashed by storms

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page -

SWEL­TER­ING con­di­tions were re­placed with wild winds and storms as Mother Na­ture let rip on Tues­day night.

Tem­per­a­tures in the mid to high 30s com­bined with low hu­mid­ity to pro­duce per­fect con­di­tions for fires on the week­end, but that seemed a lifetime away on Tues­day evening when storms rolled through from the south-west.

Lo­cal res­i­dent Bill Fuller said it was one of the most vi­cious storms he could re­mem­ber.

“I haven’t seen a storm like that for years,” Mr Fuller said.

“We had about 72mm of rain. We had some wa­ter in the laun­dry and lost our peg bas­ket. When a peg bas­ket is all you lose, it isn’t too bad.”

Other res­i­dents post­ing on the Childers Fo­rum Face­book page said sev­eral trees had fallen in their yards, wa­ter had gone through their homes and a roller door was blown off its hinges.

Ac­cord­ing to Er­gon En­ergy, “the area north of Childers” was the worst-hit dis­trict in the Bund­aberg re­gion, with thou­sands of res­i­dents with­out power, while fallen trees blocked Good­wood Rd just north of Good­wood State School.

At 6.30am yes­ter­day there were still about 700 Isis res­i­dents with­out power.

But the storm dam­age was not re­stricted to power cuts. The Paragon The­atre’s doors were blown open, houses had tiles stripped from their roof and there were re­ports of a gas and fuel leak at the Shell petrol sta­tion on Churchill St.

A Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices rep­re­sen­ta­tive said the leak was a “non-event”.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED / BILL FULLER

CRACKER: Bill Fuller sent this photo of Tues­day night’s storm in Childers.

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